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At times, Jesus appears to us in differing guises.

  Reading: Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. John 21:1   Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings my dear family.   In today’s Gospel (John 21:1-14) Simon Peter and several other disciples are walking along the shore of the sea. After a while, Simon decides to go fishing. He was tired of doing nothing. Was he also hoping that Jesus would appear once again and he was tired of waiting? Perhaps the fishing would distract him. It would be better than simply waiting. Peter tells the other disciples what he has decided and several of them choose to accompany him. They went out in the boat and fished for several hours but they caught absolutely nothing. How frustrating! I wonder what the disciples talked about while they were together in the boat. Did they talk about Jesus? Did they keep silent? Were they feeling lost and alone? Were they angry at the events that had transpired? These events not only cost Jesus his life, but their own lives also were devastated! They had “given their all” to Jesus. And now he was gone! Now what should they do? Then at dawn Jesus appears to them. He was standing on the shore, not far from where the disciples were in the boat. The disciples did not recognize Jesus. They noticed a man standing on the shore. This stranger called out and asked the disciples if they had caught any fish. They replied that they had not. This man then told them to cast the net out on the other side of the boat. Did the disciples actually believe that would make a difference? After all, their boat was not huge. It was highly unlikely that a school of fish would be only on one side of the boat. However, they did as the man said! Naturally, they were astounded when within a few minutes their nets were brimming over with fish! There were so many fish in the nets that they were worried that the nets would break. They also didn’t know how they would get all these fish to shore. When they reached the shore, Jesus had a fire going. Take a moment and imagine what it would be like to sit around a campfire or a kitchen table with Jesus. What would you talk with Jesus about? Is there something you would like to ask him? Or would you simply rejoice at being in his presence? At times, Jesus appears to us in differing guises. It is not always clear that it is Jesus who is with us. Yet, we may have a sense that this person was sent to us for a purpose, even though we may not know what that purpose is. Jesus comes to us every day! Most often though he does not cook us lunch. However, he will talk with us and nourish us with his word and his body, in the Eucharist and through one another! Today may our minds, hearts and senses be awake and alert to his coming!   Blessings,   Luis+

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Friday, April 22, 2022 - 12:15

Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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